Magnificent Piece of Fine Furniture or Art


A piano is not only a great source of sound; it is also a magnificent piece of fine furniture or art. The term furniture can only really be used if there is no pianist. If you will be moving a piano, whether for personal use, or as a piece of fine furniture, consider hiring a professional piano mover. Piano’s can range in weight between 500 lbs – 1300 lbs and are considered one of the most challenging things to move.

If you’re moving an upright piano, they are not as complicated to move as a baby grand, or grand piano. Many moving companies are fully equipped to move pianos, however, if the piano is valuable in any way, or an antique, it might be better to hire a specialist piano mover. A professional piano mover is skilled and experienced at moving pianos and will therefore know how to take care of it, and in the event that the piano needs to be dismantled, will be able to perform this task. Once your piano has reached its new destination, and been placed in its new home, it will need to be tuned. During transportation, it is not uncommon that the tuning will be affected. Again, having a professional come to tune the piano will get it back to its original sound, ready to be used.

If hiring a professional piano mover, do your research. Check the insurance plans they have, how long they’ve been in business, and if their movers are all trained to work on and move your type of piano.

Helpful Tips When Living in Your For Sale Home

It’s very common to live in your current home while it’s on the market to be sold. To create simplicity and be prepared for potential buyers, yet maintain the feeling of home, we provide some tips to make living in your for sale home a comfortable experience.

Packing early is priority. As soon as it’s been decided to sell your home, start packing and clearing out the space. Leave only what you and your family need. Property buyers are more likely to be interested if they can imagine their belongings in the space.

House for sale

Once you have packed your belongings, keeping your home clean and presentable is very important, it will also be easier with less stuff.

Make sure that you do not leave any valuable items lying around. These include: jewelry, medications, laptops, wallets, credit cards, checks, keys, documents, mail, etc. These items should be kept somewhere secure, such as a safe, or a drawer that can be locked.

If you have pets, it’s advised that they are not in the house for scheduled showings. Their bedding, feeding, and other equipment should be kept clean and out of the way. It’s also a good idea, especially if they’re furry, that no fur is left around the house.

Having a “to do” list available will ensure everything is ready and in place should you need to leave the house at short notice, due to a requested viewing.

Prepare Your Belongings For Storage

If your items are going into storage for any period of time, knowing how to protect them is an important part of the preparation process. Whether they’ll be in storage for a short period of time, or for a longer amount of time, you’ll be at ease knowing that while your belongings are in storage, they’ll be protected against potential damage, moisture, dust and dirt.

You will need to have all the right packing supplies and tools. Each item needs to be prepared separately, and might require different packing materials. One thing is common: make sure each item is clean and thoroughly dried prior to being packed and put in storage.

boxes in storage

Furniture – remember, each piece of furniture is different. For example, antiques will require a higher level of care. For long-term storage, covering furniture is recommended. Moving blankets, or specialized fabric covers can be used.

Mattresses – It is very important before packing a mattress into a specialized bag or box, that it is checked thoroughly for bug infestation.

Appliances –large appliances must be clean and dry before being stored. A fridge and freezer must be defrosted prior to being stored.

Clothing – Packing an insect repellent, such as mothballs with your clothing is recommended.

Books – Ensure books are dry and dusted before being packed.

Important Questions to Ask Your Estimator

Once you have made the decision to hire a moving company to transport your belongings, chances are that you will have a lot of questions. It’s always advised to receive at least three estimates from different moving companies. Asking the same important questions to each of the potential companies will help you to find the best movers for your relocation.  

 Do you provide in home estimates? Depending on what you’ll be moving, most reputable moving companies will provide an in home estimate, also referred to as an on-site.

 What kinds of estimates do you provide? Depending if you have an in home estimate, or a phone estimate, the type of quote you receive will be different. There are three types of estimates 

Non-Binding, Binding, and Binding Not to Exceed. Make sure you know what estimate you are receiving.  

 Do you provide insurance? – Having insurance for your move depends on what is being moved. However, having insurance is highly recommended 

 How long does the move take?  Delivery time frames between moving companies can differ. A standard long distance move takes between 1-2 weeks. Be cautious of any company that promises to deliver in an unrealistic timeframe 

 What is your payment method? Common methods of payment are credit cards and wire transfer.  Some moving companies accept cash, however, be careful of movers that only accept cash payments.  

Making the Move to College or University

Is moving to college or university your next step? If you have already been accepted and know where you’ll be living, you can determine what items to move, and how to transport them.

If you have a small load with only a handful of items, you might consider packing up your car and driving all your belongings. Alternatively, you could hire a professional moving company to transport your items. Most moving companies have a minimum fee. If you will be moving less than the minimum, consider finding a moving company that specializes in moving small loads. There is also the option of renting a truck and doing a DIY move.

fresh student in front on her car

Before scheduling your move date, it’s recommended to visit the campus, familiarize yourself with the surroundings and find out where trucks and cars can be parked for unloading. If you’re moving into a dorm room on campus, visiting prior to moving day will give you an opportunity to see the size of residential lodgings, ensuring that you will only move what can fit.

During the packing process, remember to allow plenty of time to go through your belongings. If you’re moving out of your family home, you might experience some of the common emotions that occur when moving. If you feel that you need any help during this time, be sure to connect with friends, or others who might be going through the same experience.